Jazz Aesthetic in Wedding Music: Infusing 1920s Jazz into Modern Celebrations

The 1920s, often referred to as the Jazz Age, was a time of exuberant liveliness and musical innovation. This era’s jazz music, characterized by its unique rhythms and joyful melodies, has an enduring charm that can add a vintage yet timeless quality to modern weddings. This blog post explores how couples can incorporate 1920s jazz influences into their wedding music to create an enchanting and memorable atmosphere.

The Essence of 1920s Jazz:

1920s jazz is all about the spirit of improvisation and the fusion of different musical elements. It’s a genre that combines ragtime, blues, and other musical forms, resulting in a sound that’s both sophisticated and playful. Key elements include the use of brass instruments, syncopated rhythms, and expressive melodies that invite listeners to tap their feet and sway along.

Incorporating Jazz into Modern Wedding Music:

  1. Ceremony Music: For a subtle nod to jazz, consider having a solo jazz pianist or a small jazz ensemble perform during the ceremony. Pieces like Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” or Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood” can add a touch of elegance and romance.
  2. Cocktail Hour: The cocktail hour is the perfect time to introduce more upbeat jazz numbers. Think of classics like “Ain’t Misbehavin'” by Fats Waller or “It Don’t Mean a Thing” by Duke Ellington. These tunes create a lively yet relaxed atmosphere, perfect for mingling and sipping cocktails.
  3. Dinner Music: During dinner, a jazz band playing soft, melodic tunes in the background can enhance the dining experience. Consider songs like “Summertime” by George Gershwin or “Misty” by Erroll Garner for a soothing and elegant ambiance.
  4. Reception and Dance Floor: As the night progresses, the music can shift to more energetic and danceable jazz numbers. Songs like “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Benny Goodman or “Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway can energize the dance floor and get everyone moving.
  5. Special Moments: Jazz can also be integrated into special moments, such as the first dance or the father-daughter dance. A song like “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong could make these moments truly unforgettable.  Here is a video of my band performing that song on New Year’s Eve.


Incorporating 1920s jazz into a modern wedding is not just about playing old records; it’s about embracing a musical era that exudes joy, sophistication, and a sense of adventure. By thoughtfully selecting jazz pieces for different parts of the wedding, couples can create a unique and enchanting experience that resonates with the soul of the Jazz Age, making their special day even more memorable and distinctive.

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